ERIC Number: EJ853397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
"The Grand Experiment": Modeling Adult Learning with Adult-Ministry Students
Simmons, Laura K.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v10 n1 p42-49 Jan 2007
Adult-learning theory challenges faculty to adapt their teaching to certain characteristics of adult learners, including self-direction: if adults direct the bulk of their lives outside of school, they should be permitted to direct their own educational experiences. To what extent is self-directed learning an optimal, or even realistic, methodology for seminary teaching? Does it matter what subjects we are teaching? This essay details an experiment with self-directed learning in a seminary ministry class: what worked, what might be improved, and how it challenges our view of ourselves as faculty to teach in this way. Student feedback from the course in question enhances our understanding of the best (and most challenging) features of the experiment.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Learning Theories, Student Attitudes, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Educational Experience, Teaching Methods, Theological Education, Independent Study
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